Charter of Rights and Responsibilities launched for the elderly in care homes
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During a news conference today, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing, Justyne Caruana launched, a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of elderly residents who live in care homes.
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana said that the Parliamentary Secretariat is committed to helping the elderly live a better, more positive, as well as more active life. She added that the challenge and the goal of the Parliamentary Secretariat is in exploiting the huge potential of the elderly population.
She said that every generation has its potential, and has something to contribute to society. Therefore, the Parliamentary Secretary said, each generation should have its respective rights.
She added that the Charter is a “good start. Although the road is long and this alone will not solve the problems, but it is certainly a good base and is another link in the chain of initiatives that the Government is taking to help the elderly.”
Dr Caruana said that “these include National Minimum Standards for care homes, the establishment of representative committees in nursing homes, for which there will soon be a statute, structural improvements are already underway at the St Vincent de Paul Residence, as well as improvements to the Residence’s food menu, one has now been introduced that is completely new and visually-friendly. A series of laws are being written to protect the elderly and other vunerable people from abuse, the first law will be published next month.”
The Charter was drafted by the SVPR ConsultativeBboard, which was headed by retired judge Philip Sciberras, who also spoke at the press conference.